uPDATED (BIVALENT) COVID-19 VACCINE
Frequently asked questions
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Q: Are the original (monovalent) vaccines still available?
A: No, the previously authorized mRNA COVID-19 monovalent vaccines manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are no longer authorized for use in the U.S.
Q: If I have never received a COVID-19 vaccine what am I eligible for?
A: Most unvaccinated individuals may receive a single dose of the updated (bivalent) vaccine.
Q: Can I receive a bivalent booster if I had a previous Omicron infection?
A: Yes, all patients can benefit from bivalent boosters regardless of previous infection.
Q: Should I wait 3 months after infection to receive a bivalent booster?
A: You may delay your bivalent booster vaccination by 3 months following SARSCoV-2 infection, but you do not have to.
Q: Can I take a bivalent Pfizer for my booster if I received Moderna for my primary series and my boosters?
A: Yes, you may receive a Pfizer or Moderna bivalent booster regardless of your primary series or last monovalent booster vaccine brand, as long as they fit the age criteria.
Q: Do I have to wait for my booster if I received the Novavax as the primary series until a Novavax bivalent booster is approved?
A: No, patients who received the Novavax primary series can still receive a Pfizer or Moderna bivalent booster as long as it has been 2 months since completion of the primary series or most recent booster.
Q: Can my child receive a bivalent vaccine?
A: Bivalent vaccines are approved for people ages 6 months and older.
Children ages 6 months through 5 years of age who are unvaccinated may receive a two-dose Moderna bivalent vaccine series (ages 6 months through 5 years) series OR a three-dose Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccine series (ages 6 months through 4 years). Children who are 5 years of age may receive two doses of the Moderna bivalent vaccine or a single does of the Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccine.
Children 6 months through 5 years of age who have received one, two or three doses of an original (monovalent) COVID-19 vaccine may receive an updated (bivalent) vaccine, but the number of doses they receive will depend on the vaccine and their vaccination history.
Q: Who is eligible to receive a second updated (bivalent) vaccine?
A: Individuals who are 65 years or older and have received a single dose of the updated (bivalent) vaccine at least 4 months prior are eligible to receive a second bivalent vaccine. Most individuals who are immunocompromised and received a single dose of the updated (bivalent) vaccine at least 2 months prior are eligible to receive a second bivalent vaccine and may receive additional doses as recommended by their healthcare provider.
Q: Can I receive other vaccines with bivalent boosters?
A: Yes, routine vaccines, including flu shots, can be administered at the same time as bivalent boosters. The CDC does recommend spacing out COVID-19 vaccines and Jynneos monkeypox vaccines by 4 weeks.